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John Wayne Gacy

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The Killer Clown John Wayne Gacy Childhood John Wayne Gacy was abused as a boy by his father. Gacy's father was an alcoholic, and the child's family life was constantly on the rocks. When Gacy was eleven years old, he was hit in the head by a swing. The accident caused a blood clot in his brain that was not discovered until five years later, when Gacy was sixteen. One year after that, when Gacy had the reached age of seventeen, he was diagnosed with a heart problem, though the exact issue was unknown. Gacy's rocky childhood could possibly explain his behavior later in life. Gacy was thirty years old when he committed his first murder, yet his crimes began at an earlier age. In 1964, when Gacy was twenty-two years of age, he was sentenced to eighteen months in jail for sexually assaulting two young boys. Gacy's behavior could be a product of the abuse he received from his father at a young age. When Gacy murdered his victims, he first raped them, then tortured and strangled them. The aggressive method with which he killed possibly reflects the aggressive way he was treated by his father. Transition Into Killer John Wayne Gacy killed thirty-three men and boys (ages nine through mid-twenties) between 1972 and 1978. Gacy lured young men in with the promise of a job in his contracting company, and then proceeded to abduct them. After he got them alone, he sexually assaulted, tortured, and killed his victims by strangling them. He muffled their screams by shoving a sock or towel down their throats while he raped them, and then killed them by placing a rope or board against their neck as he did so. At times, Gacy was said to have dressed as his alter-ego, "Pogo the Clown" (the character he dressed as for children's birthday parties) while he murdered his victims. Gacy was also reported to have tricked his victims into handcuffs using magic he learned from performing as "Pogo the Clown." His alter ego was allegedly named "Jack Hanson." Gacy buried twenty-nine of his victims in the crawl space under his house. When he ran out of room under his house, he began dumping the bodies of his victims into a nearby river. Killing Spree Brought to an End John Wayne Gacy was convicted of thirty-three murders and sentenced to serve twelve death sentences in 1980. Gacy tried to tell the court that his alternate personality had committed the murders; however, multiple psychiatrists concluded that Gacy did not have MPD. Multiple psychologists who examined Gacy also found him to be sane; however, one (Thomas Eliseo) believed him to be borderline schizophrenic. Other experts believed that he did have multiple personality disorder and also showed signs of antisocial personality disorder. The experts also believed Gacy to be insane at the time he committed the murders. Medical History Gacy's swing set injury persisted for five years after it initially occurred. He suffered from repeated black-outs due to the blood clot the head trauma caused. The black-outs did not cease to occur until a doctor diagnosed his condition and gave him medication as treatment. Gacy had a heart ailment as well, but no information was provided on whether or not he received treatment for that problem. Famous Last Words John Wayne Gacy was executed on May 10, 1994 by lethal injection. His last words were, "Kiss my ass." John Wayne Gacy was executed on May 10, 1994 by lethal injection. His last words were "kiss my ass." John Wayne Gacy was known for the phrase, "Clowns can get away with murder." Antisocial Personality Disorder To be diagnosed with ASPD, one must be at least eighteen years of age; however, conduct disorder symptoms must be evident as having started before age fifteen. The disorder begins with mere conduct issues as a teen, and escalates into young adulthood, finally reaching the symptoms associated with antisocial personality disorder, which (according to the DSM) include:
1. Failure to conform to society
2. Impulsive behavior
3. Lack of remorse
4. Aggressive behavior and irritability
5. Deceitful behavior
6. Irresponsible behavior
7. Lack of respect for the feelings of others According to
http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=buy.optionToBuy&id=2013-10602-001 , males are more likely to be diagnosed with ASPD. There is a 3:1 male to female ratio among those diagnosed with ASPD. In the United States, 3-30% of people will be diagnosed with ASPD in clinical settings; however, many more people have the disorder and are undiagnosed. It is estimated that possibly 1/3 of the prison population are inmates with ASPD (http://www.minddisorders.com/A-Br/Antisocial-personality-disorder.html#b). A child becomes more likely to have antisocial personality disorder when a family member has ASPD. A child with an unstable childhood experience is also more likely to develop ASPD later in life. If a child is verbally or sexually assaulted when young, they are also more likely to develop ASPD. Lastly, a child with family members who have a history of substance abuse are more likely to develop ASPD later in life. A person is also more likely to develop ASPD if they have certain genes attributed to the disorder. According to http://www.psychnet-uk.com/x_new_site/personality_psychology/a_diagnostic_criteria/criteria_personality_antisocial.html, antisocial personality disorder can be confused with schizophrenia, manic episodes, substance related disorders, narcissistic personality disorder, and others. Patients with antisocial personality disorder may also have to be treated for depression, anxiety, or substance abuse (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/antisocial-personality-disorder/DS00829/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs). Treatments for antisocial personality disorder patients include psychotherapy, hospitalization, medications, and self-help strategies. Profile http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-therapy/200907/the-definition-insanity-is

This website quotes the first line of law.com's definition of insanity. It states, "mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior." WAS JOHN WAYNE GACY LEGALLY INSANE? At his trial in 1980, John Wayne Gacy was described by the defense as having been legally insane at the time he committed his murders. However, several psychologists who examined Gacy before and during his trial found the man to be sane. His neighbor, Lillie Grexa, even told the court about what a "brilliant man" Gacy was. Serial Killer Checklist 1. John Wayne Gacy was very aggressive. He strangled his victims by placing ropes or boards against their necks while he raped them. 2. Gacy never fit in with his family or his classmates. He was never accepted by his father, which is all he ever longed for. He was alienated in school because of his heart ailment, which made it impossible for him to participate in athletic activities with his peers. 3. Gacy was physically and verbally abused by his father starting at a young age. 4 Gacy drove an Oldsmobile Delta 88. He did not drive a police vehicle. 5 Gacy's killings were sexually pleasing for him. His victims were all raped before they were killed. 6 Gacy was not cruel to those who knew him. He was often described as a good man. However, his victims were often employees from his contracting company, PDM contractors. 7 Gacy was often described as a good, genuine man by his neighbors and peers. 8 While no account was given as to whether or not Gacy was a true "genius," he was described as a "very brilliant man" by his neighbor, Lillie Grexa. 9 Gacy rarely seemed to show remorse for his crimes. In an interview close to his execution date, Gacy denied having committed the crimes in the first place. The plea seemed more or less a desperate last attempt on Gacy's part to be saved from death row.
(See Gacy's five part interview here: http://www.youtube.com/user/johnwaynegacy8 ). A serial killing by definition is "The unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events." ( http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/serial-murder )
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